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Come Take A Field Deep-Sea Biology Class With Me!

The deep sea, areas of the ocean below 200 meters, is the largest biome on Earth‐‐vast, remote, and inhospitable. These conditions create unique challenges for deep‐sea life and the scientists who study it. The challenge of studying this expansive and extreme ecosystem also makes it ripe for new discoveries and allows us as scientists to challenge the...

Alligators in the Abyss: Part 2

Connecting the oceans to land are numerous carbon highways.  These conduits bring food from land to the ocean, supporting an abundance of life.  Our group explores these carbon chains and explores some potential methods of carbon delivery to the deep.  Thus, alligators on the abyss. At first it may seem fanciful that an alligator carcass might...

Slow Road to Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for Deep-Sea Communities

The Deepwater Horizon disaster released approximately 4 million barrels of oil from the Macondo Wellhead over the course of 87 days in 2010.  Thus, becoming the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. The impacts of the oil spill were readily visible on shorelines, beaches, and marshes.   However, in the deep Gulf of Mexico the  devastation...

The Ocean Cleanup and Floating Marine Life

Earlier this year I warned that The Ocean Cleanup would catch and kill floating marine life. This week they announced they’re collecting plastic, and their picture shows HUNDREDS of floating animals trapped with plastic (red circles). We need to talk about this. I’ve been raising the call on twitter, but recently I noticed that the image resolution...

The lingering and extreme impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the deep sea

A worker’s boot at nearly 2 kilometers deep. From the darkness emerges a boot. An old leather, steel-toed, work boot. It shouldn’t be there resting on the seafloor nearly two kilometers deep. I’m speachless. Even knowin this was going to be one of the toughest dives of my career, I’m still not prepared. Seven years prior in 2010, Marla...

A very special PSA from Deep-Sea News

Given recent news, we felt compelled to share a couple of tips with our readers. Consider them to be ocean pro-moves.

The Beauty of Rarity

Legend has it that Saint Patrick gave a four-leaf clover to a group of his followers; the fourth leaf put there by God to bring luck. St. Patrick believed the first three leaves represented hope, faith, and love. While the actual probability of finding a four-leaf clover is unclear, at best, it may be 1 in 5000. Although since the gene for the fourth...

Don’t be shallow. A tale of subsurface microplastics and the processes that transport them.

One thing you should know about me is that I am from New York and I am half Italian. That means when I like something, I get highly animated about it. In person, I’ll start waving my arms around wildly to gesticulate my inner excitement. In writing, I will often use all caps and multiple exclamation points. I make no apologies for any of this. ...

You are what you eat! Using bad boy carbons to understand food webs

Remember all the details about the periodic table from high school chemistry?  Yeah, me neither.  Don’t worry – we will get through this together. Let’s focus on carbon.  Carbon is the building-block of all organic (i.e., living) things, so it’s kind of a big deal. All the other elements are a little bit jealous. Okay, so on the square for carbon...

The Video of Giant Isopods Eating an Alligator in the Deep Sea You Must Watch!

You may not realize it but the video below is the video you never knew you needed. But yeah you need it. The video is the actual video from my research group’s dive with a remotely operated vehicle in the deep Gulf of Mexico. The background on all this alligatorfall project and why a bunch of scientists would sink an alligator in the...

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